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More and more parents are allowing their children to play on computers and tablets as they think that children should learn technology skills. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Jan 21, 2024 / Expected writing task 2: 2024 / 3:02 pm

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

More and more parents are allowing their children to play on computers and tablets as they think that children should learn technology skills. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. Write at least 250 words. 

Nowadays many parents are liberal in allowing thier children to play on gadgets such as computers and tablets. Although they persume their children should learn much essential technological skills, the trend appears to be more negative.

The worst problem which stems from this freedom is that it would alter the child’s normal developmental process. To explain it further, unlike the past, when children used to play outdoors and sensed the value of human relationships, today’s children  are secluded at their own private spaces with these electronic gadgets. This limits thier interactions with others and they would see others as ‘aliens’. They would eventually create a generation of selfish introverts who lack real human emotions. 

The second issue is addiction. To be precise, the advanced features programmed in popular games make children get obsessed to those, and eventually they become addicts to it.  Aggression, violence, depression, and self-harm are some of the few consequences expected once a minor restriction is imposed on such children. Another issue is that it wastes a considerable proportion of their children’s productive time, which they would have utilised in academic or sports activities. 

I admit that there is a small proportion of children who are making their best out of this. Such children integrate their technology skills in their academic and positive social activities. However, this is seen among the children who are supervised and given fixed time limits and the reality is that most children manipulate their freedom.   

To conclude, though the intention of giving freedom for children to play on devices like tablets remains good, it is mostly counter-productive and the fact is that only a few children use it wisely.